Penguicon 2016 Lucas Track Schedule

While the folks at Penguicon reserve the right to change the schedule at any time, we’re close enough to the con that I’m comfortable releasing my talks and panel schedule. This is extracted from the official Penguicon descriptions. and schedule.

Friday, 30 29 April:

6 PM – Social Media for Writers (panelist) – Hamlin What . . . → Read More: Penguicon 2016 Lucas Track Schedule

FreeBSD and pam_listfile

I’ve discovered unknown terrors while researching and writing PAM Mastery. Well, terrors previously unknown to me, at least. I’m certain that the OpenPAM and Linux-PAM developers are very much aware of them. (I’m also certain that they’re part of the reason DES keeps his hair cut so short, so that he can’t yank it out . . . → Read More: FreeBSD and pam_listfile

next talk: “FreeBSD Filesystem Fun” at March semibug

I’m slated to present at the next SemiBUG meeting.

By unpopular demand, I’ll offer “FreeBSD Filesystem Fun,” also known as “odd stuff I learned as I’ve written the FreeBSD storage books.” You’ll get content on UFS, ZFS, unionfs, various memory filesystems, and some of the really odd corners I discovered while writing the book. Warning: . . . → Read More: next talk: “FreeBSD Filesystem Fun” at March semibug

The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

I submitted several tech events to Penguicon, our local tech/SF/maker/assorted random WTF convention.

They accepted six: five talks and one panel.

So if you’re in Detroit on the weekend of 29 April-1 May, come by and see me bloviate about:

PAM: You’re Doing It Wrong the ZFS File System Networking for Systems Administrators Encrypted Backups . . . → Read More: The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

first semibug.org meeting next Tuesday

The first meeting for theSoutheast Michigan BSD User Group, aka SEMIBUG, will be next Tuesday, 17 November 2015, at the Hazel Park Raceway restaurant.

We’ll discuss what sort of meeting we want, when the regular meeting will happen, where it will be, and suchlike. We’ll probably also draft someone to fix the website. (By fix, . . . → Read More: first semibug.org meeting next Tuesday

freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”

This morning, I finally updated my web server to FreeBSD 10.2-p6 using freebsd-update. Normally I like freebsd-update, but this morning it decided to be cranky.

As usual, it was cranky because I didn’t know what I was doing.

First, I should say that I don’t need to update my hosts that often. If there’s, say, . . . → Read More: freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”

SSH talk, 10 November 2015

I’ll be at the Farmington Hills Public Library for the mug.org meeting on 10 November 2015, talking about SSH.

The talk will be pretty much based on SSH Mastery, as you might expect.

Meeting starts around 6:30 PM.

The library throws us out at 9PM, at which point a bunch of us troop out to . . . → Read More: SSH talk, 10 November 2015

Tarsnap talk on-line

My 20-minute Tarsnap talk at mug.org turned out to be more like 40 minutes. It’s now available at YouTube.

Or, just watch it below.

WordPress versus FreeBSD

I recently migrated my web site to a new FreeBSD install, configured so I could use ZFS boot environments. This upgrade crossed FreeBSD versions (10.0->10.1), filesystems (UFS -> ZFS), and PHP versions (5.5 -> 5.6).

And my WordPress pointy-clicky upgrades stopped working. Every time I ran an upgrade, the web gui hung with:

Updating Plugin . . . → Read More: WordPress versus FreeBSD

n4sa Print Sneaking Out

The print version of Networking for Systems Administrators is starting to appear for purchase on Amazon’s web site.

n4sa US n4sa UK

Other Amazon sites should appear shortly.

Amazon has not yet performed their usual discounting. Usually, if you order a brand-new book they’ll retroactively drop the price. But not always. I’d tell you to . . . → Read More: n4sa Print Sneaking Out